1893 Tasting Notes

drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
1893 tasting notes

A sipdown this morning. This has been a faithful, smooth, no-fuss breakfast standby. Recommended for Assam lovers who need a basic cupboard tea; too many packets and tins in the hopper for me to hunt this one down assiduously, but if a tin just happened to cross my path at TJ Maxx or a local grocery, it might have to come home with me again.

(I’m a little put out at our TJ Maxx…I realize it’s pot luck and overstocks there, but the tea selection that was giving me such great joy has dwindled down to nothing.)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1893 tasting notes

A sloppy dollop from the Junkyard Tea Jar: custom blended, changes almost daily. Lots of cocoa and keemun today. This is how great tea sommeliers and blenders get started, yes?

K S

Junkyard Tea – you should grab the rights to that name before they’re gone.

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This little jar of nuggety goodness was a gift; normally I don’t choose chai for myself.

However, it’s fun to play “Where’s Waldo?” with all the ingredients—cinnamon chunks, fennel, fennel and more fennel, black peppercorns…tried a few sips straight up and it was not too bitter as a stand-alone. However, the addition of half-and-half and some brown sugar smoothed it out beautifully. Available in bulk, this gets a Cheapster Steepster thumbs-up for frugality as well.

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I don’t generally catch myself saying, “Self, you need to buy yourself some green tea.” (It’s usually, “Self, you need to spend more money than you need to on bundles and batches of black tea and caffeinate yourself into a coma.”) But if I told myself that, this would be on the short list. Precise balance of greeny and cereally; a second steep holds up nicely; even better when you’re drinking it from your Favorite Sunny Spot.

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Having an oh-my-ears-and-whiskers-I’m-late-must-write-no-time-to-steep afternoon, so this works well. Still comes out more floral than fruity, but with a light touch and cooler temp, it’s a good quality bagged tea that makes you feel like you fussed.

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Overindulgent snack days at work call for something light and mildly medicinal at home. Straight up lemongrass, no additives, clean and mildly sweet to compensate for too many Lil’ Smokies in barbecue sauce and Chex Mix.

Like chamomile and peppermint—it’s pretty hard to distinguish any major variance in lemongrass flavoring, so my Cheapster Steepster recommendation is to buy it loose and inexpensively at the health food store instead of boxed, bagged, and branded.

Fjellrev

I totally agree about your recommendation.

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The problem with pearl teas is that you never come out with the right number at the end of the packet. So I popped in a Mandala Black Pearl and sailed the door with a cup of co-smoke-coa.

Fjellrev

Love “co-smoke-coa.” :)

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First morning in days I didn’t need high-octane to wake up. This one is quickly turning into the “okay, let’s just get this one drunk up and over with” category, but it’s a plausible lighter-end morning tea.

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From my teapot friend. Straight up tonight; no additives. It’s rooibos’ perkier, slightly sharper cousin. (Rooibos is a sleepy granny cat; honeybush is a kitten chasing its own tail?) I’m exhausted this evening, but at least my tastebuds are peppy now.

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Much-postponed Christmas swap with a friend today; she’d been Goodwilling and I am now in possession of a lovely heavy white ceramic dome-shaped pot and cups and saucers with delicate sage green leaves that make me feel like I’m handling spring. The pot is great—I love friends who understand the value of utilitarian vs. cutesie things that don’t hold heat and you can’t pour out of.

Anyway….also a selection of four of her fave teas to try in said pot; all from our favorite local bulk jars. The manufacturer description is very accurate. The dry leaves are redolent of cloves. (Redolent—isn’t that a nice, relaxing adjective? And one I didn’t have to make up, either.) The steeped color is rich and sultry amber. Flavor—-succulent. The orange is pithy, not painfully tart; deep, sweet cloves that warm your tummy but don’t bite your tongue.

K S

Yeah for the pot and cups! I almost picked up some china cups in Goodwill before Christmas. Walked out, then regretted not buying them. I didn’t need them but I have heard the size and shape of the cup changes the flavor. Everything I now use is mug shaped. I want to experiment. Next time I spend the dollar. Its all in the name of science really. :)

Have to admit I had to Google redolent.

ashmanra

Nice! Hooray for good teaware!

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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